The 6 Wonders of Cellulite

By on April 24, 2014
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As women, we strive to maintain our appearance and many of us practice good diets and exercise to keep our physique in check. Yet there’s one little thing many of us can’t seem to shake, despite all our efforts: the “C word”. Here is everything you need to know about cellulite wrapped up in the 5 W’s.

 

What: Cellulite are enlarged fat deposits that sit between the connective tissue of the skin’s outer layer and the muscle beneath it. Because the fat cells are enlarged and “unhealthy”, they apply pressure, creating a bumpy effect on the skin’s surface. Luckily, cellulite purely affects aesthetics and not health.

Who: It is estimated that cellulite affects 90% of women and merely 10% of men with distinct body types. Despite the common notion, if one is skinny does not mean they cannot develop it.

When: Developing after puberty, women above the age of 20 will get cellulite.

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Where: The “bumps” typically manifest around the pelvic region, specifically the thighs, bum and belly.

Why: There is no single cause associated to acquiring cellulite. Genetics, hormones (particularly estrogen), excess weight, poor diet, lack of exercise and dehydrated cells all contribute to the appearance of cellulite.

Water*: The last W you need to know is simple: water. Similarly to many health related topics, water is your best friend when it comes to fighting this enemy for various reasons. Drinking water helps flush out excess weight by ridding the body of water retention and by keeping you fuller longer. The appearance of cellulite will start to diminish with a couple of pounds shed. Hydrated cells will help the flow of water into your skin keeping it firm, strong and smooth, preventing it from producing the “cottage cheese” effect from the pressure of the underlying fat cells.
Ditch the bad habit of starting your day with a large cup of java and drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. After a long sleep without any fluids, the body needs water to get things flowing. Keep your caffeine and water intake at a 2:1 ratio, as coffees and teas are diuretics and ensure to drink water throughout the day. If it’s too bland, try adding some mint, a lemon and lime wedge to give it a kick.

Finally to improve skin hydration, eat foods with high water content to keep skin looking plump and smooth. Watermelon and cucumber have the richest source of water, followed by watercress, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce and grapefruit.

What are some of your cellulite fighting tips?

 

Amanda Santalucia

About Amanda Santalucia

Amanda Santalucia, originally from Montreal is a driven Marketing student, currently developing her Advertising career in Toronto. Remaining active as a young adult, her passion for health and fitness sparked several years ago while reading an intriguing health related book. After being diagnosed with various food intolerances shortly following, Amanda began to explore several diets, the effect of stress and different environments on the digestive system, food groupings, food health benefits and more. Currently, she practices a healthy lifestyle, free of gluten, dairy, meat, GMO’s and refined food. Amanda enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and believes in creating foods using healthy alternatives without substituting great taste.

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